YANGON: The Myanmar navy has rescued more than a hundred allegedly Bangladeshi boat people from an islet near the country’s southernmost region, an official report said on Tuesday.
While some migrants are Bangladeshis escaping poverty at home, many are members of Myanmar`s 1.1 million Rohingya Muslim minority who live in the country`s Rakhine state.
Myanmar does not consider the Rohingya as citizens, and denies it discriminates against them or that they are fleeing persecution. It does not call them Rohingya but refer to them as Bengalis, indicating they are from Bangladesh.
The citizenship verification on the second batch of 733 people, rescued on May 29 at sea near Pyapon township has also been completed.
Investigation by the Myanmar government found that some of the "boat people" had fallen victim to human trafficking rings and crime syndicates after receiving offers of work in Thailand and Malaysia from illegal job brokers.